They may not be on a mission from a higher power, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are certainly bringing the band back together.
Leonard Fournette becomes the latest member of the 2020 Buccaneers to rejoin the club, signing a one-year deal worth up to $ 4 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Fournette arrived in Tampa through free agency after a surprise pitch from the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team that selected him fourth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, just before the start of the regular season.
He came into a somewhat crowded back room with a team preparing to make a title run in its freshman year with Tom Brady in center, and managed to carve out a role in the regular season, rushing 97 times for 367 yards and six touchdowns, but he also spent three games as a member of the inactive list.
If Tampa Bay hadn’t raced to a Super Bowl, Fournette would have been more likely to have headed elsewhere, but the postseason allowed Fournette to shine and stay.
Fournette ran 64 times for 300 yards and three touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s four playoff games and caught 18 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown, scoring in a timely fashion game after game and elevating his status from an afterthought stuck behind Ronald Jones. , to Playoff Lenny and finally Lombardi Lenny.
Lombardi Lenny is sticking around for another title run, an effort the Bucs have considered “going for two” in 2021 and has seen players like Shaquil Barrett, Rob Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh, among others, re-sign with the team. Money is not a ton, but neither are pennies for a broker. As other Bucs have shown, this season isn’t just about the money, it’s about finding another ring.